The inaugural exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Somerset will be a presentation of new work by the British artist Phyllida Barlow. Featuring works created specially for Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Barlow?s exhibition will fill the 18th-century Threshing Barn and adjoining farm buildings with a series of bold and colourful installations inspired by the country fête and carnival.
Phyllida Barlow?s abstract sculptural works are constructed from readily available materials, such as polystyrene, cement and felt. Bodily and dramatic, these ragged assemblies interact with their environment, invading the viewer?s space and forcing them to perform within the environment the artist creates. Inspired by Durslade Farm and its surrounding environment, Barlow?s exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Somerset will develop her interest in the notions of regeneration and upheaval, celebrating the restoration of the farm buildings into new gallery spaces.
?We are hugely excited to be opening this important new art centre and gallery with an exhibition of new work by Phyllida Barlow. Phyllida is one of the most significant British sculptors working today and continues to be an inspiration to generations of younger artists and students. The exhibition itself will rejuvenate these incredible farm buildings which have stood empty for a long time.?
? Alice Workman, Director, Hauser & Wirth Somerset